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BBC appoints editors for BBC One, Two & Four following commissioning overhaul

The BBC in the UK has promoted two execs as portfolio editors for its flagship channels, following the “radical” overhaul of the public broadcaster’s commissioning team that was revealed late last year. The revamp, which handed more commissioning power to streamer iPlayer, saw channel controller roles being replaced with genre-focused execs able to order programming without the need […]

BBC Studios to launch culture-skewing SVOD in US & Canada in 2021

BBC Studios (BBCS) is expanding its North American SVOD offering with a new streamer set to launch next year that will target “independent thinkers”. BBC Select will launch with a raft of UK programming split into three main topics – culture, politics and ideas – and builds on the internationally facing, culture-skewing, BBC Four-focused SVOD […]

BBC’s scripted acquisition spree continues with return of ‘The Bridge’

The BBC in the UK has struck a new deal for hit Nordic drama The Bridge (aka Bron), which last aired on the broadcaster in 2018. The new deal for the show’s four seasons was struck with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) and will see it airing on BBC Four and become available via the iPlayer streaming […]

BBC explores BBC Four int’l roll-out as ‘global subscription service’

The UK’s BBC is “exploring potential commercial opportunities” around turning its culture-skewing channel BBC Four into a global subscription service. The future of the arts and culture channel has been in doubt over recent months as the UK broadcaster attempts to balance budgets, while its editor Cassian Harrison recently took a nine-month attachment at commercial […]

BBC Studios hires BBC Four chief Cassian Harrison as SVP commissioning

BBC Studios has appointed Cassian Harrison, the editor of UK culture-skewing channel BBC Four, to a temporary role overseeing commissioning. Harrison becomes SVP of commissioning and content global services at the BBC’s commercial arm, working on the creation and distribution of original programming for digital services that BBCS owns and operates around the world. He […]

BBC Four & PBS visit Notre Dame with Windfall Films

BBC Four in the UK and US broadcaster PBS have commissioned a special-access documentary from Windfall Films about the race to save and rebuild the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in France. Rebuilding Notre Dame: Inside The Great Cathedral Rescue (1 x 60-minute), from the Argonon Group-owned Windfall, will air on BBC Four in […]

Pandemic series ‘Contagion’ sold to European, Asian broadcasters

UK production house Rare TV’s medical documentary Contagion has been picked up for re-broadcast in several countries in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. The one-hour special was originally commissioned by BBC Four and first broadcast in 2018. It was retransmitted on the UK pubcaster last month and has since been sold by UK-based distributor Magnify […]

BBC Four commissions Rare TV’s ‘The River’

BBC Four has commissioned Rare TV for a feature documentary on Scotland’s longest river.  In The River: A Year In The Life Of The Tay, award-winning writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald observes the Tay — which begins as a small Highland watercourse and ends as a vast torrent spilling into the North Sea at Dundee — over the […]

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